NEWCASTLE United defender Jamie Sterry’s looking to end the season on a high – after coming through the lowpoint of his fledgling career.
Tough-tackling Sterry has agreed a two-year professional contract with the club.
And the 19-year-old has been named on the bench for tonight’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield.
With Carver’s squad having been decimated by injuries and suspensions, right-back Sterry has been involved in the preparations for first-team games.
Sterry has overcome a series of injury problems over the past 12 months – he underwent surgery late last season after suffering ankle ligament damage – and he is keen to make up for lost time.
Asked about his first-team involvement, Sterry said: “It gives you a massive lift.
“Hopefully, I’ll get my chance one day if I keep working hard.”
Sterry has been putting in extra hours at the club’s training ground to help him strengthen and stay injury-free.
“I’ve worked so hard to get back fit,” he said. “That’s probably the main thing – to have a good attitude and work hard.
“I’ve been playing 90 minutes, so I’m feeling good.
“I’m just working hard in training every day. I’ve been coming in early and working in the gym.”
Sterry was in the Under-21 side beaten 1-0 at St James’s Park by Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.
Peter Beardsley’s team, trailing to an early Emmanuel Ledesman goal, fought back strongly in the second half, and Macauley Gillesphey’s dismissal didn’t knock them off their stride.
“We’re absolutely gutted,” said Sterry. “We worked hard, especially after going down to 10 men. That was really tough.
“We seemed to be a different team in the second half. Hopefully, we’ll get back to winning ways in the next game.”
Carver addressed the players at the break, and Sterry added: “It gave us a lift – we worked a lot harder.”
United have also handed professional deals to Gillesphey, Liam Smith and Tom Heardman.